National Spots - Acting In Today's Commercial Climate

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Curt Cornelius

Webinar hosted by: Curt Cornelius

Actor (Over 100 national network sports & 36 film & TV shows)

Curt Cornelius is a professional working actor having been active in the entertainment industry for over 33 years. Commercially, he has over 100 national network spots to his credit. In addition, he's appeared in over 3 dozen films & TV shows. Born and raised in the heart of Southern California, Curt Cornelius fell for the arts at the very young age of nine years old. His affinity for the magic of cinema was sparked sometime in between the seventh and eighth time he saw "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" in his local movie theatre...Needless to say, that magic has yet to let go of his imagination. Through his acting & creativity, Curt found an outlet to truly be himself and a safe environment in which to do so. His journey commenced on the stages of South Coast Repertory. He first began as a student in their classrooms, and later performed as a young actor in their productions. Curt's most notable role on SCR's Main Stage was that of Young Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" opposite Hal Landon Jr. His career in Hollywood followed shortly thereafter. With the help of a dear family friend, Curt found himself with representation in no time. Hence, his quest to put his talents to the test was under way. With additional training & persistence, Curt worked consistently as a professional actor throughout his teenage years. Upon Graduating with Honors from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, Curt decided to further enrich his mind. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles - and four years later he graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Post college, Curt fully resumed his acting career once again. However, this time, as an adult. His filmography includes Feature Films, Animated Features, Made for TV Movies, Episodic Television, Video Games, Web Series, Short Films, Commercials, Radio Ads & New Media. Curt has studied with South Coast Repertory, Karen Hensel, John de Lancie, Diane Doyle, Martha McFarland, Terrance Hines, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and, most notably, Julie Ariola. Curt is very grateful to be a working professional in the entertainment industry. He loves his craft and realizes just how blessed his life has been thus far. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Hi, Curt Cornelius here! I'm a professional working actor and have been active in the entertainment industry for over 33 years. Commercially, I have over 100 national network spots to my credit, as well as over 3 dozen film & TV shows.

In my Stage 32 Next Level Webinar we will discuss, in detail, the current commercial climate, union VS. non-union VS. Fi-Cor Ads, one's materials - including headshots, how to construct a resume and/or a reel and their vital importance. I'll also touch on the online submission game and the importance of creating one's social media presence. We'll also chat about commercial classes and workshops, and even the first steps in regards to how to land an Agent. And, lastly, I'll chat about the commercial audition itself - offering my best advice, knowledge, experience and tools in just how to give your best audition and win the room.

 

What You'll Learn

CURRENT COMMERCIAL CLIMATE

  • Non-Union Spots – 65%
  • Union Spots – 35% (It’s a Non-Union Market)
  • Celebrity Endorsements & Social Media Influencers (Union Spots)

UNION VS. NON-UNION VS. FI-COR

  • Union Spots & Potential Residuals
  • Non-Union Spots – Buyouts & Limited Residuals (if any at all…)
  • Financial Corps - Potential Benefits & Potential Drawbacks / Consequences

HEADSHOTS

  • Importance of Investing well
  • What makes a great Commercial Headshot?
  • Representing Your Wheelhouse(s)
  • Ethnic Diversity – it’s a good thing!
  • Fantastic Commercial Headshot Photographers in LA

RESUME

  • Industry Standard Structure
  • Examples of Industry Standard Structured Resumes
  • Making the best of what you’ve got thus far...

REELS

  • Benefits
  • Acquiring Tape on yourself / Staying in touch with Production
  • Editing a Reel and what Casting is looking for…

ONLINE CASTING WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

  • Major Online Casting Websites
  • Creating Your Social Media Presence
  • Self Submissions – 3 times a day

TRAINING

  • Commercial Workshops
  • Fantastic Commercial Workshops in LA
  • Casting Director Workshops?

LANDING AN AGENT

  • Networking / Referrals
  • Agent Workshops – Who & Where?
  • Mailings & Cold Calling – Do they really work?
  • Doing Your Homework

THE AUDITION ITSELF – BRINGING YOUR “A” GAME

  • Preparation & Relaxation
  • Wardrobe
  • Professionalism & Being on Time
  • The Waiting Room – Be Aware
  • Listening to Direction & Befriending the Casting Team
  • Hollywood will only buy YOU
  • SHINE!
  • Let it all go…

Q & A

About Your Instructor

Curt Cornelius is a professional working actor having been active in the entertainment industry for over 33 years. Commercially, he has over 100 national network spots to his credit. In addition, he's appeared in over 3 dozen films & TV shows.

Born and raised in the heart of Southern California, Curt Cornelius fell for the arts at the very young age of nine years old. His affinity for the magic of cinema was sparked sometime in between the seventh and eighth time he saw "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" in his local movie theatre...Needless to say, that magic has yet to let go of his imagination. Through his acting & creativity, Curt found an outlet to truly be himself and a safe environment in which to do so.

His journey commenced on the stages of South Coast Repertory. He first began as a student in their classrooms, and later performed as a young actor in their productions. Curt's most notable role on SCR's Main Stage was that of Young Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" opposite Hal Landon Jr.

His career in Hollywood followed shortly thereafter. With the help of a dear family friend, Curt found himself with representation in no time. Hence, his quest to put his talents to the test was under way. With additional training & persistence, Curt worked consistently as a professional actor throughout his teenage years.

Upon Graduating with Honors from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, Curt decided to further enrich his mind. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles - and four years later he graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature.

Post college, Curt fully resumed his acting career once again. However, this time, as an adult.

His filmography includes Feature Films, Animated Features, Made for TV Movies, Episodic Television, Video Games, Web Series, Short Films, Commercials, Radio Ads & New Media.

Curt has studied with South Coast Repertory, Karen Hensel, John de Lancie, Diane Doyle, Martha McFarland, Terrance Hines, Jeffrey Hutchinson, and, most notably, Julie Ariola.

Curt is very grateful to be a working professional in the entertainment industry. He loves his craft and realizes just how blessed his life has been thus far.

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